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A Guide to Riding the Bainbridge Island Ferry

wine tasting after you ride the ferry to Bainbridge IslandHave you ever ridden the Bainbridge Island Ferry? If not, this winter could be your perfect opportunity.  The views you’ll enjoy from the Bainbridge Island Ferry alone are worth the trip. It’s an extraordinarily beautiful journey and actually rated as one of the top tourist attractions in the Seattle area.  For those who don’t live around water, it’s a unique experience, and it is one that is exceptionally beautiful.

There are a few people who simply ride the Bainbridge Island Ferry only to turn around and head back to Seattle.  Before you hop back on that boat, though, you should come to explore at least a little bit of this charming island community.  There are more than enough things to see and do, including wine tasting, visiting a world-class art-museum and an array of art galleries, some great boutique shops to explore, and some of the best-rated restaurants in the Seattle area.

Make it a weekend, and book a room at any of our delightful Bainbridge Island Lodging properties.  You won’t regret a second of the time spent in our charming island community.  Visit us today!

Riding the Ferry to Bainbridge Island

The Bainbridge Island Ferry, part of the Washington State Ferry service, serves as a connection between downtown Seattle and Bainbridge Island, a small island on the Kitsap Peninsula. Approximately once every 50 minutes, a ferry departs from Coleman Dock in downtown Seattle, and heads over to Bainbridge Island.  The crossing takes about 35 minutes, plus load and unload time. You can both drive and walk on the ferry, and it’s always best to arrive well ahead of scheduled departure time.  The ferry maintains their current schedule online, and also make regular updates when unexpected delays or interferences occur.

Once on the ferry, head up to the main passenger cabin, where you’ll find plenty of comfortable seating, bathrooms, and a food galley that is open until late evening hours (times vary).  You can stay inside protected from the elements, or you can head outside both on the front and back of the boat to take in the expansive views of Seattle on one inside, and the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains on the other. There’s also a deck above the main passenger level that provides indoor and outdoor seating and is often a popular place to head on warm, sunny days.

If you’re bringing along your dog, this is the part of the boat you’ll want to head to; pets generally aren’t allowed in the main passenger cabin.

Do you Need a Car on Bainbridge Island?

Riding the Ferry to Bainbridge IslandThe simplest answer to that question is, no! Once you’ve left the Bainbridge Island Ferry, you’ll find yourself at the ferry terminal, which is just a short distance away from Winslow Way, the main street of downtown Bainbridge Island.  From the terminal building, you can choose to either walk or ride a bike.  Much of Bainbridge Island is very walkable, and it’s fairly easy to circumnavigate via bike as well.

If you want to rent a bike, you can do so at the Bike Barn, right there at the ferry terminal, or from Classic Cycle just up the street.  From there, what you choose to do on the island is up to you.  Consider reading our guide on the best way to navigate Bainbridge without a car.

Bainbridge Island Lodging

If you’re looking for the perfect Bainbridge Island lodging, you’ll find it amongst our unique properties. From our wide array of properties, you’re bound to find exactly what it is you’re looking for. After a day spent exploring Bainbridge Island, you’ll be looking for a warm and comforting place to wind down, rest, and recuperate. Bainbridge Island is a unique place and one you’ll fall in love with from the moment you first arrive.

Even if you’re coming to Bainbridge Island for no other reason than to ride the Bainbridge island Ferry, we think you’ll fall in love and want to stay. Come see what this charming town is all about, and book your lodging today!


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Thank You For Visiting Destination Bainbridge

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting all overnight lodging on Bainbridge Island. We look forward to the day when we can welcome you to this beautiful destination with a handshake or a friendly Island hug!

The governor of Washington State has issued a Stay Home Stay Healthy order, discouraging residents from leaving their homes, except to conduct essential business, through May 4.

During this unsettling time, we understand some people need to travel to Bainbridge Island to take care of family members or to conduct essential business. The proclamation identifies lodging as an essential business and our larger Inns and Hotels on the Island are open for business. Vacation rentals are available on a case-by-case basis.

Lodging owners are working hard to ensure overnight guests are comfortable in a clean, healthy environment. In addition to enhanced cleaning and sanitizing, our hosts have enhanced staff training, implemented easier check-in procedures and room quarantines. Online ordering, take-out, and curbside delivery food service are available from many local restaurants and wineries. Grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, and some essential retailers are also open.

Most hosts have modified cancellation and refund policies. If you need to change your reservations please contact your host directly to reschedule your visit or to request a refund.

If you are planning to attend an event or visit a favorite Island attraction, most parks, wineries, and restaurants are temporarily closed, except for takeout. We invite you to visit BainbridgeCurrents to learn what events have been canceled or rescheduled, and the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association to learn what businesses are currently open in a more limited capacity. Also, travel to our Island may be difficult, with limited flights to the Seattle area and reduced ferry service to our Island.

Please visit our Find Lodging and Promotions pages for specific details about availability and links to the accommodations currently providing overnight service. We wish you continued good health and safety, and we look forward to once again welcoming you to Bainbridge Island in the near future.